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Todd Grantham is a candidate for the Spartans' head-coaching gig? Really? Wow, we didn't see that one coming. Plus, could there be a Cowher do-over in the 'Burgh?

Not to toot our own horns (toot toot) but, ever since the Oct. 19 edition of "What We're Hearing", The OBR has been reporting that Michigan State will have an interest in replacing the nearly-departed John L. Smith with Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Subsequent reports by The OBR have labeled Grantham as possibly the frontrunner for the job, had former Spartans and current Dolphins head coach Nick Saban pushing his former assistant for the job and had the Spartans making backchannel contact with the coordinator.

Now, over the last few days, the supposedly mainstream media is in the process of confirming what The OBR has been saying all along, that Grantham is indeed a candidate for the head-coaching gig in East Lansing.

To wit:

Jeff Schudel of the Lorain Morning Journal/Lake County News Herald, citing sources, reports this morning that the Spartans have made contact with Grantham but have yet to formally interview the coordinator. Additionally, Schudel writes, Grantham has the endorsement of Saban.

For the first time yesterday, head coach Romeo Crennel addressed the possibility of losing Grantham.

"Todd's name has been thrown around about the Michigan State situation," Crennel said yesterday. "I don't think it's on me to say whether they've contacted him or not. If they want to make an announcement, I'll let them make the announcement because it is their job."


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Even if Grantham doesn't end up landing the Michigan State job, the Browns will not be completely out of the woods as far as retaining the talented coordinator. Grantham's name will be mentioned as a potential candidate for other college vacancies, as well as the NFL jobs that inevitably open up at the end of the season.

One situation to keep an eye on as it relates to Grantham is Bill Cowher and the possibility of his retiring from the Steelers at the end of the season. If you take a look at Cowher's resume' before taking over for Chuck Noll in Pittsburgh, and compare it to Grantham's, the two are eerily similar.

Take a look at their personalities. Again, save for the spittle, they are eerily similar.

If the Steelers would be in the market for the next Bill Cowher or a Cowher clone at one-fifth of the price, no one that would be available comes closer to fitting that mold than Grantham.

And don't think for a minute that the Rooney's wouldn't still love to raid the Browns and weaken a division rival's coaching staff.

Not saying it will happen, won't happen, or anything of that sort. Just throwing it out there as a thing to make you go "hmmmmm".


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There are a plethora of events for northeast Ohio sports fans to look forward to this coming weekend.

Ohio State vs. Meechigan. Browns vs. Steelers. Crappy weather that even a mother nature couldn't love.

But what I'm really looking forward to happens tomorrow, when the players will be made available to talk to the media. Specifically, what exactly will Kellen Winslow say to piss off the Team Out East?

Braylon Edwards got the ball rolling on Sunday, and here's hoping that a certain tight end picks up said ball and runs with it.

"This is not a situation where they say the past is the past," Edwards told reporters following the win over the Falcons. "No. The hell with that. We're coming after their (butt). You don't beat somebody 41-0 at their own house. We're coming for the Steelers. Point-blank, period."

While that's all well and good, it would resonate on a greater level if it were done by someone who can actually back up his words on the field. Someone like, say, the leading pass-catching TE in the NFL.

C'mon, Kellen. You know you want to let it rip. Don't let us down.


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Given their off-the-chart performances to date, there has been a lot of talk bandied about regarding the Pro Bowl worthiness of both Winslow and safety Sean Jones.

While their performances to date are very much Pro Bowl-esque, the combination of the twosome's inexperience and their club's woeful record thus far will make it difficult--if not downright impossible--to garner an invitation to Honolulu at season's end. Head coach Romeo Crennel addressed that issue with reporters during his press conference yesterday, stating that the two will likely get some consideration when it comes time to vote.

"If Sean keeps intercepting balls, he'll probably be considered for a Pro Bowl spot. I don't get to vote for guys on my team so I have no decision in that," Crennel said. "If Kellen keeps catching balls, he'll probably be considered for a Pro Bowl spot. I can't vote for him either."


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BUCKEYES UPDATE: It's less than 102 hours until THE Game, and, if my watch is correct, Michigan still sucks.


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If Chuck Norris and Jim Tressel were to square off in a fight, who would win?


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FAST FACT: A recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine proved conclusively that--beyond any shadow of a doubt--both the University of Michigan and the Pittsburgh Steelers tend to "draw into the mouth through a suction force produced by movements of the lips and tongue."


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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think it'll be good for us to have three because it's always good playing at home. You got your home crowd behind you and pulling for you, but like I tell the players all the time, we have to make it a home-field advantage, and you do that by making plays." --head coach Romeo Crennel, on the Browns playing their next three games in the friendly confines of Cleveland Browns Stadium.


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